Canadian woman finds long-lost brother after both posted messages on Facebook

Ms Shylow Wilson and her brother, Mr Matthew Handford, who found each other on Facebook.
Ms Shylow Wilson and her brother, Mr Matthew Handford, who found each other on Facebook.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ SHYLOW WILSON

A Canadian living in the western city of Calgary has found her long-lost brother after posting a message on Facebook.

On New Year's Eve 2015, Ms Shylow Wilson posted online that she was looking for her biological brother, who was given up for adoption by their mother after he was born at Calgary's Grace Hospital in February 1987.

"His birth name is Matthew," she wrote in a post that has since garnered over 8,000 shares. "He moved to Fort Mcmurray shortly after he was adopted.

"Please help me locate my brother!! I have never met him before, but would love the opportunity to."

According to the Ms Wilson, her birth mother Marilyn Levasseur died from alcoholism at the age of 24 and she was survived by four children.

Ms Wilson, 25, and her brother, Brandon, 26, were adopted by the same family, while her sister Jen and brother Matthew went to different homes.

Ms Wilson said out of the four, Matthew was the only one who had not reconnected with his other siblings.

Meanwhile, Mr Matthew Handford had also turned to Facebook in December 2015 to look for his three siblings. He only had their names on a piece of paper his adoptive mother gave him, based on some research she did in 1996, CBC News reported.

He contacted a woman named Wanda Levasseur on Facebook, since she shared the same last name as his biological mother.

He did not hear from Ms Levasseur  until Feb 11 when she showed him Ms Wilson's post.

He reached out to Ms Wilson on Facebook and then by phone, before flying from Toronto in eastern Canada to Calgary to meet his sister on Saturday (Feb 13).

"I found a (seat) on the first plane and I took it out, because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity," he told CBC News.

Ms Wilson said: "I was a little sceptical, but now that I've met him, I know it's for sure him, and I'm really happy about that."

It was a "good Family Day miracle" right there, she added.

Mr Handford also met his brother, Brandon, but has yet to meet Jen, his 30-year-old sister who could not make it to the gathering.

The siblings said that they would definitely stay in touch.

"It took this long to get together, so (we've) got a lot of time to make up," said Mr Handford.

"I was adopted at four days old, so it's the only family I know. To find out I've got an extended family now, it's a great feeling."